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Amid the Clamor of Nomadic Saviors, J&K Moves to Implement Forest Rights Law | India News

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Srinagar: A day after PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti criticized nomads in J&K for allegedly “harassed and displaced” in the name of reclaiming invaded forest lands, the Union Territory administration set Wednesday January 15 of next year as the deadline to complete your first Forest Land Claimants Survey under the Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006.
As a state that enjoys special status, J&K did not need to implement the central law that safeguards the land rights of forest dwellers until it became a UT.
“Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam has reviewed the implementation of the forest rights law in accordance with the promulgation of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act 2019, and has already started work on the claims survey,” said a spokesperson. of the government.
Under the law, tribal communities and other traditional forest dwellers must have rights to forest land for their habitation, cultivation or livelihoods through the collection and disposal of minor forest products.
Former CM Mehbooba, Yousuf Tarigami of the CPM and former National Conference Minister Mian Altaf Ahmad, who represents the nomadic Gujjar community, had recently accused the UT administration of evicting “legal nomads from their homes and kothas ( temporary sheds) “.
Taking sticks for the nomads, Mehbooba tweeted Tuesday: “They have been the rightful inhabitants and now they are being evicted on discriminatory grounds. Please step in @manojsinha and make sure this ends.”
Anantnag DC Kuldip Krishan Sidha refuted allegations that people from the Gujjar Bakerwal community had been illegally evicted from the forested areas of Lidroo Pahalgam and their homes demolished. “People residing on forest land have not been unnecessarily harassed, as alleged. Just as it is the right of people to stay there, it is also our duty to conserve and preserve the beautiful forest land,” he said.

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